2,000 reconnaissance troops stage exercises in Russia: Interfax

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Posted: Feb 10, 2015 3:09 AM

MOSCOW (Reuters) - About 2,000 Russian reconnaissance troops have started exercises in southern Russia, Interfax news agency reported on Tuesday, a day before a summit on the Ukraine crisis in the Belarussian capital Minsk.

Interfax quoted an official at Russia's Southern Military District, parts of which are close to Ukraine, as saying the exercises would last a month. The leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany are expected to meet in Minsk to seek an end to fighting in eastern Ukraine.

(Reporting by Katya Golubkova, Editing by Timothy Heritage)